PDA News – New T-Mobile MDA III, Doubling battery life, Symbian buy moves ahead

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Rumor: New T-Mobile MDA III revealed

Czech site MobilMania.ccz claims to have a photo and preliminary information on the next T-Mobile MDA model. The design sports a keyboard, though it’s not clear if this is detachable, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS, and a 240 x 320 pixel screen.



New technology intended to double battery capacity

Intel, and a company called Zinc Matrix Power, are working on a new Alkaline Polymer battery technology intended to eventually replace the Lithium Ion Polymer batteries used in existing handheld and laptop computers. The new Alkaline Polymer cells currently have approximately twice the energy-per-volume capability as Li Ion batteries, so a battery of the same size would have twice the power as today. Unfortunately, however, the technology will not be commercially available until 2006.

Personally, I think this sounds much better than fuel cells. Besides the inherent problems of implementation and potential volatility, I simply find batteries a more elegant solution. Electricity is easily channeled, widely available, effectively infinite, and recharging can be automated. I really don’t care for having to eye-dropper my electronics, nor for the idea that I’m using up fuel just sitting on the front porch.



Nokia closer to Symbian grab

Phone giant Nokia has gotten German regulatory approval for its acquisition of an increased stake in Symbian, maker of the Symbian operating system for phones, which Nokia itself uses. The buy, whose only remaining hurdle is possible meddling by Symbian’s other corporate shareholders, would increase Nokia’s share of the company from 32.2 percent to 46.7 percent.



128 MB upgrade for Asus A620

PocketPCTechs is offering one of their famous upgrades to give the Asus A620 and A620BT a total of 128 MB internal memory. The upgrade takes the form of a high-speed 64 MB internal memory card, and features an introductory price of $129.




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